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Guarding Julian Assange costs Britain $15 million

Scotland Yard has spent around 10 million pounds ($15 million) for providing a 24-hour guard at the Ecuadorean embassy here since WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange claimed asylum there in 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden to face sex crime charges.

Assange, 43, who denies allegations he sexually assaulted two women in Sweden, faces arrest if he leaves the embassy.

Scotland Yard confirmed the cost of the operation to UK taxpayers by October 2014 had reached 9 million pounds. The cost of a further three months policing is now expected to have taken the total bill to about 10 million pounds.

The figures, which equate to more than 10,000 pounds a day, were obtained by LBC radio under the UK?s Freedom of Information Act.


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